Corralejo Sealife

A vast array of local and migratory species

Corralejo was originally a fishing village on the north shore of Fuerteventura, and the people made their living from goats, or the sea and there is a vast array of sea life in these semi tropical waters.

The main fishing industry was supported by shellfish and crustations and other species like Dorada, Mullet, Barracuda, Parrot fish and various other edible varieties.

However the biggest bounty was during the Sardine season from September – March where they would be caught by the million.

Sardines also meant that other bigger predatory fish would follow the shoals, fish like Tuna, Skip Jacks, Yellow fin and the biggest prize the Blue Fin Tuna, some of these grow to enormous sizes often several hundred Kilos.

The other highly prized big game fish to follow the Sardines are the Marlin, White Marlin, Black Marlin and another monsters of the species, the Blue Marlin.

They are one of the fastest fish in the sea and can weigh up to 1,000 kilos. The record Blue Marlin in Fuerteventura was caught by a local fisherman a few years ago at 503Kilos. You’ll need a lot of chips with that!!

Fuerteventura has sea life that can be classified into around 390 species of fish which are grouped into 117 families.

This diversity inevitably attracts scuba divers from all over the globe to sample the delights of Fuerteventura’s rich clear waters.

Because of the ever changing sea currents in the Canary Islands, the water has a strange combination of salt concentration and shifting temperatures which affect the marine life greatly, producing many different regions of fauna.

The crustaceans are represented by a whole multitude of species. Among these are spider crabs, red crabs, sea snails, shrimps, lobsters, mussels, & limpets Beneath the volcanic rocks lie octopus, squid and cuttlefish.

The north of the Island has a greater abundance of marine life due to the water being slightly cooler and richer in plankton, but this area of water is also much less fished than the south of the Island.

The majority of species are ‘Creole’ bound to the island for their whole life. Most of the fish here live on the sea bed, such as the gulper shark, moray eel, vieja, groupers, parrot fish, stingrays, and emperor fish to name but a few.


Stingrays are very common as the waters around Lobos are a major breeding ground for these fish, in fact you can often see them in Corralejo harbour in the shallows by the harbour walls.

Every year the beach at Waikiki gets invaded by sharks, but no need to worry, these are nurse sharks, and for a few days they come into the bay to give birth. They are totally harmless, and the police usually tape off an area to protect them from curious tourists.

Even though these are totally harmless, there are some bigger sharks around, one of the common ones is the Hammerhead which can grow to 5 metres, but don’t worry, there has never been a recorded incidence of a shark attack in the canaries.

Peoples favourite sea life have to be the Whales & Dolphins, there are several species that live permanently in the Canaries and other that migrate through on their way to their feeding grounds.

No article on sea life would be complete without mentioning turtles. Several species of sea turtle come to Fuerteventura to lay their eggs on the remote beaches at the south of the Island near Cofete and there is a turtle rescue centre in Morro Jable (more about this in a separate article later).

Fuerteventura and its Sea Life are a Mecca for Scuba divers, Snorkellers, Whale & Dolphin watchers, and Big Game fishing.

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